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Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

Frank Eltman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who lost his legs below the knee after stepping on an explosive in Afghanistan is joining a suburban New York police department.

Judge in Virginia declines to block travel ban

Matthew Barakat, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

In a sweeping affirmation of presidential authority, a federal judge in Virginia ruled against a Muslim civil-rights group that sought to block the Trump administration's proposed travel ban.

Man indicted on murder charges after parents dismembered

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

A Louisiana man has been indicted on murder charges after authorities say he killed his parents in their Tennessee home and tried to dissolve their bodies in acid while he was visiting them for Thanksgiving.

Suspect identified in quadruple Wisconsin shooting

Todd Richmond, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

The suspect in a Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife's divorce lawyer.

New Hampshire leads effort to view overdoses as crime scenes

Kathleen Ronayne, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:09am

A New Hampshire training program that teaches police officers and prosecutors how to treat drug overdoses as crime scenes is emerging as a model for other states grappling with the opioid crisis.

Police: Woman falsely claims sexual assault by 3 black males

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 11:00am

Police say an 18-year-old white woman who burst into a church in northeast Texas and claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three black males in ski masks has admitted she lied.

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Democrats oppose Gorsuch, say he rules against workers

Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Three additional Democrats said Friday that they will vote against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and will support a filibuster against him.

High water floods mostly ag land in western Wyoming

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Rivers and creeks swollen with snowmelt runoff are causing some minor flooding in western Wyoming.

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House steers toward climactic vote on GOP health care bill

Alan Fram and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

Republicans muscled their capstone health care overhaul past an initial barrier and toward a climactic roll call Friday, plunging ahead despite uncertainty over whether they had the votes to prevail in what loomed as a monumental gamble for President Donald Trump and his GOP allies in Congress.

US: Syrian fighters facing little resistance at Tabqa dam

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:58am

A U.S. military spokesman says the Syrian Arab and Kurdish fighters airlifted into combat in northern Syria earlier this week have encountered only light resistance, suggesting that the operation caught Islamic State militants by surprise.

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US-backed Syrian fighters reach IS-held dam in north Syria

Bassem Mroue and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:54am

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters reached a major dam held by the Islamic State group in northern Syria Friday as Syria's U.N. ambassador said hundreds of American personnel are "invading my country," insisting that any effort to liberate the city of Raqqa — the de facto capital of the Islamic State group — should be done in coordination with the Damascus government.

Sacramento man arrested in killing of 2 adults, 2 juveniles

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:48am

Police arrested a 56-year-old man Friday on suspicion of homicide in connection to the killings of two adults and two juveniles in Sacramento a day earlier.

City sued again over protest arrests after police shooting

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:47am

Law enforcement officials in Louisiana's capital face another federal lawsuit accusing them of violating the rights of protesters arrested after a black man's fatal shooting by police.

Indiana couple caught in Wyoming with 48 pounds of marijuana

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:47am

Southern Wyoming police say a couple arrested in possession of 48 pounds of marijuana purchased in Oregon was planning on selling it in Indiana.

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Death rates up for middle age whites with little education

Christopher S. Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:31am

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases.

Teen who tossed her newborn from window gets probation

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:30am

A Nebraska 16-year-old who admitted throwing her newborn out a second-floor window has been sentenced to probation and sent to a group home for causing the baby's death.

Man pleads guilty in 'pizzagate' shooting in DC

Jessica Gresko, Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:23am

A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors dubbed "pizzagate" to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria pleaded guilty Friday to two charges.

Tennessee school bus driver pleads not guilty in deaths

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 10:10am

A Tennessee school bus driver has pleaded not guilty to six counts of vehicular manslaughter in a crash last November that killed six children.

Court revives challenge of Virginia's death row conditions

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:46am

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit challenging conditions on Virginia's death row.

Man finds wife and 6-year-old son stabbed to death in home

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Mar 24th - 9:46am

Authorities say a New Jersey man found his wife and 6-year-old son stabbed to death inside their home.